Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 26, 2013

Crash injures driver

BRAMWELL — A Mercer County man suffered back and neck injuries Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving crossed the road, struck the end post of a section of guardrail and ripped and traveled another 55 feet before stopping in the northbound lane of U.S. Route 52 about 2 miles north of Bramwell.

Jason Riley Belcher, 30, of Bramwell, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck south on Rt. 52 when the vehicle crossed the highway and struck the guardrail, according to Sgt. S.C. Cary of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“He’s still a little shaken up, and can’t really say what happened,” Cary said. “It appears to be a single-vehicle wreck with an injury at this point.”

The initial calls from the crash came at about 12:40 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, members of the Bluefield Rescue Squad worked to extricate the crash victim from the passenger side of the vehicle. After stabilizing the victim, rescue squad provided additional medical services prior to transporting him to a landing zone where he was transported to a hospital. The name of the hospital where Belcher was transported was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

Along with peeling off the outside metal of the driver’s side door, the impact of the crash appeared to dislodge the front wheel off of the axle and jarred the tailgate loose from the vehicle. The crash left a 55-foot long debris field on the northbound shoulder of Rt. 52.

In addition to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Bluefield Rescue Squad, the Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department responded to provide traffic control and to clear the crash debris from the road.

– Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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